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  • #ReConnect – a hybrid festival featuring online and offline work by leading British art and cultural organisations and artists, launched by the British Council.
  • Partnering with over 35 cultural organisations from the UK and China, the Festival offers thought provoking and stimulating experiences with British arts and culture.
  • The Festival presents the diverse breadth of contemporary UK arts, culture and education to inspire and connect audiences in China and beyond with British creativity.
  • The Festival aims to strengthen the connection between China and the UK through shared values in culture and education.


BEIJING, KUNMING, SHANGHAI, SHENZHEN AND ZHENGZHOU - Media OutReach - 6 September 2021 - The British Council launched the 2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival. Titled #ReConnect, this year's edition is a hybrid festival featuring work by leading British art and cultural organisations and artists via online and offline platforms, offering audiences in China an opportunity to reconnect with British art from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Organised by the British Council, the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities, and sponsored by the Welsh Government, the festival will present nearly 40 cultural performances and projects online and offline in multiple cities across China between 1 and 20 September 2021.

"We are delighted to be a partner of the British Council, supporting the 2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival to give people in China an opportunity to experience three wonderful examples of art and culture from Wales.The theme of the festival, reconnecting, is more important now than ever – reconnecting with our environment and our communities, both locally and across borders. I hope our contribution to the festival will encourage audiences to do just that, building new cultural connections between our two nations" said Rt Hon Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales.

Focusing on three different themes, the Festival will encourage audiences to #ReConnect with nature, community and the self through a variety of exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, film screenings and performances. #ReConnect with Nature will explore the deep relationship between humans and nature; #ReConnect with Community will explore the connection and consequence of human experience and our community; and #ReConnect with Self will support individuals to increase empathy and self-awareness.

Highlight projects under #ReConnect with Nature include:

  • British visual artist Celyn Bricker's first solo exhibition in China, titled The Fifth Season. Bringing together interactive, AI generated artworks, paintings and prototypes, the exhibition held in Beijing will explore our relationship with nature and new technology.
  • An online talk held in partnership with the Natural History Museum, -titled Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It will see young changemakers from the UK and China debate why and how our relationship with the natural world needs to change.
  • Eye of the Storm, a documentary film featuring Scottish landscape painter James Morrison will be screened in Shanghai, directed by award-winning director Anthony Baxter.
  • Dog Ballet, from the London International Festival of Theatre, is a webinar about a new participatory work of public art to celebrate the community around dogs and their owners to appreciate the joy and tenderness that can be found in these relationships of mutual care.


#ReConnect with Community will share work from the UK that places emphasis on the changing nature of community, as well as talks from leading arts and cultural experts alongside knowledge sharing events from dance and theatre producers. Selected highlights include:

  • O'r Graig, a short documentary featuring slate mines in North Wales, which have recently been designated UNESCO heritage status.
  • Journey to the Eyeth Art, a virtual art gallery showcasing the creativity of deaf artists in an imaginary world called Eyeth and a celebration of inclusiveness in the art for all.
  • Match Make is a series of short films which paired 8 dance artists and 8 artist collaborators during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which include natural, industrial, rural, urban and coastal settings throughout Northern Ireland.


#ReConnect with Self will focus on activities that explore mental health and well-being. Highlight projects include:

  • Time to Dance China, an international digital collaboration between the Scottish Ballet and Shanghai International Dance Centre designed to deliver dementia-friendly dance activities for elderly people as well as a dance film screening.
  • An online solo exhibition of works by award-winning British artist Sir Christopher Le Brun, in addition to an online talk between Sir Christopher Le Brun and renowned art critic, writer and curator Shen Qilan.


"At this time of limited travel, we are excited to once again bring some of the most dynamic and vibrant artistic and cultural performances, exhibitions and talks from the UK to audiences in China and offer people the choice to experience these in person or online. With the theme of #ReConnect, we hope to inspire our audience to re-evaluate their relationship with the natural environment, their community, and themselves. The world is going though unprecedented changes at this time, and arts and culture have the power to bring people together through presenting programmes in partnership with institutions and artists in the UK and China. The Festival acts as a platform to share knowledge, spark discussions and stimulate thinking among our audiences." Said Rehana Mughal, Director Arts for the British Council China.


Programme list

Activity

Date

Partner

Format

Geography


ReConnect with Nature

1

British Library Exhibitions in Two Cities: London – Shenzhen

Sept 1 - 20

British Library

Online showcase

England

2

Affiliated Event – The Fifth Season by Celyn Bricker (online talk)

Sept 18

Winland

Online event

England/Beijing

3

Broken Planet Programme (online talk for climate change between Glasgow and Kunming)

Sept 17

Natural History Museum

Online event

England/Scotland/Kunming

4

Eye of the Storm documentary featuring Scottish landscape painter James Morrison in Shanghai

Sept 16

Montrose Pictures

Offline event

Scotland/Shanghai

5

Eye of the Storm documentary featuring Scottish landscape painter James Morrison in Shanghai

Sept 19

Montrose Pictures

Online showcase

Scotland

6

Our Future Planet (Films and talks for Sustainability and the impact of Climate Change)

Sept 1 - 20

Science Museum Group

Online showcase

England

7

The Children of Lir (performances of raising environmental awareness)

Sept 1 - 20

Folk NI Theatre

Online showcase

Northern Ireland

8

Dog Ballet (Webinar)

Sept 15

London International Festival of Theatre

Online event

England

9

CURRENT (films of the exhibition)

Sept 13 - 20

Cooper Gallery

Online showcase

Scotland

10

Design and Sustainable Business Futures (panel discussion with Joey Pringle and others)

TBC

Veshin Factory

Online Event

England


ReConnect with Community

11

Making Matters

Sept 13 - 20

IM

Online showcase

Across UK

12

Short Film Project for Female Directors (panel discussion)

Sept 12

Encounters Film Festival, One International Women's Festival

Online event

England/Beijing

13

Breathe and Draw (Orchestra Music)

Sept 1 - 20

Nevis Ensemble

Online showcase

Scotland

14

Mojo Mickybo (theatre film)

Sept 1 - 20

Bruiser Theatre Company

Online showcase

Northern Ireland

15

Songs for Heritage and Culture of Northern Ireland

Sept 6 – 20

Brigid O'Neill

Online showcase

Northern Ireland

16

Match Make (8 short films)

Sept 1 - 20

Maiden Voyage Dance Company

Online showcase

Northern Ireland

17

Plethu/Weave Project (series of dance-poetry performance films)

Sept 1 - 20

National Dance Company Wales, Literature Wales

Online showcase

Wales

18

Nurture (performance film)

Sept 1 - 20

Bbeyond

Online showcase

Northern Ireland

19

Creative Ageing in Scotland (online talk by Luminate Festival)

Sept 1 - 20

Luminate Festival

Online showcase

Scotland

20

O'r Graig (short documentary of UNESCO world heritage slate in North Wales)

Sept 1 - 20

Wicked Wales Film

Online showcase

Wales

21

Beijing Stories (film screening)

Sept 1 - 20

Scottish Documentary Institute

Online showcase

Scotland

22

Beijing Stories (artist talk)

Sept 20

Scottish Documentary Institute

Online event

Scotland

23

Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth an introduction speaker: Nikki Locke

Sept 16

British Council

Online event

Across UK

24

Deaf Culture Online Exhibition curated by Zhou Jiayi

Sept 1 - 20

Artist Jiayi Zhou

Online showcase

Across UK

25

Selector Online Competition

Sept 15

British Council

Online Showcase

Across UK


ReConnect with Self


26

[Hé]

Scottish Dance Theatre x Shanghai International Dance Centre Collaboration (dance film screening)

Sept 1- 20

Scottish Dance Theatre, Shanghai International Dance Centre

Online showcase

Scotland

27

Time to Dance (film screening)

Sept 7

Scottish Ballet, Luminous Festival

Online showcase

Scotland

28

Notes on Stone (Anna Mahler) film screening

Sept 10 - 20

Stephenson Art

Online showcase

England

29

Future of Art Education (film screening & panel discussion)

Sept 16

Cloud Intelligence

Online event

Beijing

30

Affiliated event -Solo Exhibition of works by Sir Christopher Le Brun (online talk with artist Sir Christopher Le Brun & Shen Qilan)

Sept 13

Lisson Gallery

Online event

England/Shenzhen

31

Affiliated event - Italian Renaissance Drawings

Sept 17

British Museum, M Woods

Online event

England/Beijing

32

Affiliated event - Masterpieces in Miniature: Treasures from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Sept 19

V&A Museum

Offline event

England/Zhengzhou

33

Glass Meet the Future short films

Sept 1-20

North Lands Creative

Online showcase

Scotland

34

Artes Mundi Prabhakar Pachpute Exhibition (artist introduction)

Sept 1-20

ARTES MUNDI

Online showcase

Wales

35

Origin to Future Thinking, podcast with Farooq Chaudhry, Xu Rui, and Rui Fu

Sept 1-20

China House Arts

Online showcase

England

36

2021 British Classical Art Film Festival at Lumiere Beijing, New Live Screenings

Sept 1-5

New Live

Offline showcase


Media kit


#ReConnect

2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival

Organiser: British Council

Sponsor: The Welsh Government

Period: 1-20 September 2021

Festival portal: http://reconnect.britishcouncil.cn/

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Notes to editors

The Welsh Government


Wales is a country in the UK with distinctive traditions, heritage, culture and language. It is known as a land of song and a country steeped in myth and legend, which, when you see the awe-inspiring landscape, is no surprise.

The Welsh national anthem picks out 'beirdd a chantorion' – the poets and singers – for special mention. Today, the Welsh music and arts scenes are alive with the sounds of bilingual music, poetry, art, and everything in between.

Learn more about Wales at wales.com


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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

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Updated : 2021-09-26 00:42 GMT+08:00